What is a Photo Collage:
A photo collage is a collection and arrangement of different types of photos and set them under a single picture. A traditional collage usually consists of pictures cut and pasted onto a background and often decorated with ribbons and trinkets. However digital collages open up many opportunities to give away different look and feel to the collage, including blending images that makes the picture very realistic.
The culture of collage-making dates back to the time around 200 B.C when Japanese calligraphers created paper for their poetry by sticking together bits of paper and fabric. But as time went by collage making started being considered as more of a craft than as an art.
Types of Photo Collage Designs that you can try for:
Innovative Collage -
Innovative photo collage can also be called as digital photo fusion because simple photos are given altogether a new look. Here the collage editing does not follow a specific pattern but it goes by sheer intuition giving your photo as much creative look as possible. In this creative photo collage your photographs are integrated with amazing cliparts, frames, borders, and text that will enhance the entire mood of your collage. Your collage will look as if it is reciting a story of your journey.
Blended Collage -
This is probably the most common type of collage where the photos will be blended smoothly into one another. There will not be sharp edges or cut outs of individual images anymore, rather a careful merging of the pictures will lead to a seamlessly unified boundary-less single collage. For a perfectly blended collage, you may require 7 pictures to work best.
Grid/Tabular Collage -
In this type of collage, your photos will be placed in a grid form giving a tabular kind of look. Grid collage suits best with those photos having similar dimensions and orientation that will give a uniform structured and smart look to your collage. A border can also be run throughout the grid so that the photos can be easily fitted in the same size block. Some ideas can be – list of your best friends from school, your kid’s important achievement, snap along with the dates, your own memorable life events, and so on.
Bordered Collage -
In Bordered Collage, as the name suggests, each photo will have a border around it. Instead of merging one image into another in this type the distinct identity of each photo is kept intact. However, the border can be thick or thin, or even invisible. The final appearance can be structured or a bit casual with the images overlapping one another to some extent.
Photo Mosaic -
In Mosaic style photo collage many small images are put together to create one target image. What makes this mosaic style photo editing very unique and different is that when the photo is looked at from a wider distance it is a simple normal image but when given a closer look many small images are viewable. You can also imagine it the other way round – A Photo Mosaic is – hundreds or thousands of tiny photos collaged in such a way to give the impression of a larger photo of yours. Here the selection of smaller images becomes very important as it should resemble the main big image.
Shape and Word Collage -
Shape and word collage is a new eye-catchy trendy collage idea that looks very unique and interesting. These types of collages are prepared by arranging photos in such a way that the final product may appear in the form of a shape or word. In Shape Collage you specify a shape to fill in with your photos- such as a heart, any animal, bird, house, car, plane, etc. In Word Collage, you specify 1-4 words, a short sentence or wish may be, such as – “HAPPY B’DAY”, “I AM SORRY”, “THANK YOU”, “CONGRATS !”, “MISSING YOU” etc. These can be great alternatives to e-cards or expensive gifts for youngsters.
Preserving simple photos can be tedious. With a collage, you can try new things and be more innovative with how you show your photos. You don't even need to be an artist to make a collage because it's so easy. If you don't have any, you can get inspiration from online sources or invest in a good collage maker that will make a collage for you.